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Back on this post, I wrote a little about this pull tab. I like them a lot--especially for things with VELCRO closures. It gives you something to grab to pull back the flap.
It also satisfies my need for some small detail on the front. I end up using buttons as embellishments quite a bit, because things sometimes look like they just need *something* to be complete.
These can be sewn a variety of ways, but I thought I'd share my method. I tried a few other ways before coming to the conclusion this is my favorite way to sew them. The finished tab is solid and neatly square. It is easy, fast, you don't have to turn anything right side out, and there aren't any corners to clip. Yay!!!
Before going into a bunch of detail for those who don't need it...this is basically single fold binding (both edges folded to center) with interfacing in the center, folded in half, topstitched and sewn in place.
This is also the same general idea used for this strap (1.75" eyelet can be found here):
1. Determine Width & Cut
The tab can be any width and you can improvise most of this, so feel free to skip exact measurements. The only things you want to make sure to do is to cut the entire piece the same exact width--whatever number you use--so the tab ends up even and square.
However wide you want the finished tab, multiply that by 2. The red striped tab is 1.5" when finished. So the piece is 3" wide.
Then however tall you want it, multiply that by 3. This can be a guestimate. The red one is going to end up being 1.25" tall before sewing it on, so it is just easier to work with a slightly taller piece and cutting it down to size right before attaching.
I'm also making multiple tabs at a time here, so this piece is much longer than needed for just one.
2. Cut it Out
3. Crease Center
Fold it in half, WRONG sides together, along the length.
Press gently to crease the center. This crease is a guideline, so just press it once to make a visible crease. You want it to come out later, so don't go nuts making is super sharp.
Open it up and press each raw edge to meet the center crease.
5. Apply Interfacing
Cut a piece of fusible interfacing wide enough to fit inside the center. Make sure the edges are within the center and don't extend into the side creases.
Place the interfacing inside and fold the edges of the fabric over it so it is encased in the center.
Press on each side of the fabric to adhere the interfacing.
6. Fold in Half
Fold the piece in half along the width. If your fabric is puckering at the fold, get out your metal ruler and wrap the fabric around it to make a sharp fold.
Topstitch the sides and bottom.
When using a 3/8" allowance, I like this tab to be 1.25" high before sewing it on. So trim it down to whatever height you want to be + allowance.
Baste it to the center top of the flap, or wherever you are attaching it.
Some of my patterns you could use pull tab on are: